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team work opportunity
Hostess (Current Employee), West Covina,CAJuly 18, 2014
• Provided quality customer service through greeting, informing and serving
• Determined which tables to seat guest to create a productive flow throughout the restaurant
• Maintained the floor map ,wait list, and reservations
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Fun and fast paced work environment
Waitress/Take-Out (Former Employee), Paramus, NJJuly 17, 2014
Always started the day with a staff meeting. Had weekly up charges to focus on. Very hands on managing staff. Everyone was always helping each other to make sure the job got done correctly and efficiently.
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A fun vibrant positive environment.
Hostess/ Take-out Server/ Server/ Caterer/ Cashier (Former Employee), Manhattan Beach, CAJuly 14, 2014
Pros: 50% off lunches, working with great people, mamangement was very helpful.
Cons: no benefits or vacation pay
A typical day at work would be prepping before opening such as preparing to go bread and butter, making sure all the essential tools are stocked before opening. Taking phone orders, fax and face to face. Helping co worker for better service. Being professional and polite with guest and co workers. Answering phones, faxing menus if desired. Running food,, cleaning and organizing the restaurant. Assisting delivery drivers to help assure they deliver the food at an accurate time, as well as delivering food myself. Greeting guest with a smile.
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fast pass and fun
DSL/Server/Bartender/Trainer (Former Employee), St. Louis, MOJune 30, 2014
Pros: fast pass, free meals
Cons: hours
Enjoyable environment, fast pass and a great experience. The co workers were fun to work with. Management at the store level was helpful and encouraging.
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A friendly fast pace work place
Server (Current Employee), Cerritos, CAJune 25, 2014
customer service
take orders
insert orders in the system
run food
refill drinks
cleaning
pre-bussing

The staff there is great and helpful. Its a great team environment
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waiting on tables can take a lot out of you, but the coworkers make it all worth it.
Server (Former Employee), San Jose, CAJune 16, 2014
I am not a huge fan of waiting on tables, but the work environment was absolutely amazing. My managers and coworkers made my shifts fly by and I am very thankful I got to meet them. Although I am happy I don't have to be a waitress anymore, I do miss the camaraderie that my coworkers brought.
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Business oriented environment, but lacked room for growth
Server/Host (Former Employee), Glendale, NYJune 2, 2014
A typical day entails the preparing and serving of entrees to various people as well as ensuring that an exceptional dining experience was received.
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Fun, fast-paced and dynamic work environment
Server and Trainer (Former Employee), Seattle, WAMay 28, 2014
My role included serving, training new employees, wine and pairing education. I learned to read customers and cater to their needs and desired experience. The co-workers and management acted like one team. The most enjoyable part was serving diverse clientele in Seattle. It was a unique and valuable cultural experience.
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Great atmosphere for developing managers
Assistant General Manager (Former Employee), Columbus, OHMay 27, 2014
Developing a new culture was a blast here. Good team environment.
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Food Server (Former Employee), Santa Ana, CAMay 20, 2014
A good environment to utilize customer service skills. Positive work environment with excellent team work.
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Cean and Productive work place.
Kitchen Shift Leader (Former Employee), Stockton, CAMay 15, 2014
Good place to work busy work days lots to learn , Some good mngr and emlpoyees . Very fast pace work environment . very fun cooking for others
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Hectic but productive work environment
Server (Current Employee), San Jose, CAMay 2, 2014
Working at CPK has been my first experience working at a corporate restaurant. As with all corporate companies there is always an idea of how the restaurant should be run and there is the way that the individuals put in charge maneuver those rules coming down from the corporate hierarchy.

On the ground level, managers will run the restaurant how they see fit, and with 5 different managers, that means that every time you go into work, depending on who your working with, you will have a different experience. Not only does management play a huge role, but also the chemistry of the front of house staff also determines a lot in a work shift. This kind of inconsistent managing is one of the variables during a work shift that can either help or hurt a shift. Not to mention the mood swings and power trips that some people may also have that affects the productivity and flow of the work environment.

Every day at CPK is different than the next.
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A great place to work our team is like a family.
Host/Server (Current Employee), Boston, MAApril 29, 2014
Pros: free lunches
Cons: short breaks
I learned how to navigate in a busy environment, respect my co-workers. The hardest part of my job is trying to please everyone. The most enjoyable part of my job is interacting with the guests.
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Very nice workplace
Server (Former Employee), Dallas, TXApril 23, 2014
Pros: great teamwork, good management.
Cons: very inestable income
it was a wonderful place to work at, sadly due to personal problems i had to leave. otherwise i would have stayed
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Love it
Server (Former Employee), Plymouth Meeting, PAApril 17, 2014
Loved it! Amazing co-workers and great customers. The money is great and it is easy to sell foods to customers. The management can use a little work, but other than that it is a great place to work.
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No advancement opportunities.
Hostess (Former Employee), McLean, VAApril 9, 2014
Managers feel threatened by intelligent hard-working employees.
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Fun environment to work in.
Host (Current Employee), Creve Coeur, MOApril 7, 2014
Greatest team of co-workers. Half-Off food days worked. I like this job also because we have a very tight lunch rush that makes the place busy with guest that work from around the area.
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Amazing Management and Environment
PROCUREMENT SERVICES (Former Employee), Matina Del Ray, CAApril 4, 2014
California Pizza Kitchen is a company that knows how to take care of their employees. The management team and my coworkers made it easy to come to work each day. Not to mention the incredible CEO who plays in active rule in the amazing direction of this company.
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CPK is a high energy and fun place to work; however with the new ownership, CPK is going through a new service branded period.
Server Trainer/CBA/New Store Opening team (Current Employee), Bethesda, MDMarch 29, 2014
The new CPK branding period -- by the new owners -- means frequent policy and compensation reevaluations. But CPK remains a good company to work for.
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I loved my guests
Bartender, Server and Trainer (Current Employee), Post OakMarch 23, 2014
Pros: making someone happy
Cons: long hours with little to no breaks
I love making my guests have a great experience, pay particular attention to little things like pouring wine and beer from bottle to glass..Kids meals to come out first etc.
Unfortunatly, one of the managers is not a team player and working with this person makes it difficult to give guests exceptionally service.

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